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Woman dies after jumping from Rogers Park apartment building during arson fire

A woman was killed and another was injured early Tuesday when a four-story apartment building caught fire in the 1700 block of West Touhy Avenue | Fire Media Affairs

A 51-year-old woman died after jumping from a three-story apartment building that was set on fire early Tuesday in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side, authorities said.

About 5:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire in the 1700 block of West Touhy that started on a back porch and spread throughout the building, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs.

Maria Silva, who lived in the building, jumped from the top story before firefighters could reach her, according to Fire Media Affairs and Chicago Police. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Another woman, whose age wasn’t known, suffered smoke inhalation during the fire, authorities said. She was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where her condition stabilized.

The fire is being investigated as an arson, police said. On Tuesday, investigators identified a person of interest, but no one was in custody.